The OnePlus 8 Pro finally gets IP-certified waterproofing and wireless charging, after the company stubbornly ignored these trends for years. It’s like a dream come true for OnePlus fans. Other component improvements are a given, but by adding these two features, we finally get an OnePlus flagship smartphone, seemingly, free of compromises.
It gets better. Prices in India start at Rs. 54,999, which is lower than the international pricing, and only marginally higher than what the OnePlus 7T Pro₹ 43,999 cost when it launched last October. Other than the Mi 10₹ 44,999 (Review) from Xiaomi, the OnePlus 8 Pro₹ 54,999 doesn’t have any major direct competition. Samsung’s S20 series is still priced a lot higher, there’s barely any chatter about Asus’s 2020 flagship yet. If you don’t count older flagships that have dropped in price, there’s a pretty open playing field for OnePlus right now.
Release date: April 2020 | Weight: 199g | Dimensions: 165.3 x 74.35 x 8.5mm | OS: Android 10 | Screen size: 6.78-inch | Resolution: 3168 x 1440 | CPU: Snapdragon 865 | RAM: 8/12GB | Storage: 128/256GB | Battery: 4,510mAh | Rear camera: 48MP+48MP+5MP+8MP | Front camera: 16MP
Screen: This 6.78-inch has the ability to impress you more than an iPhone for one simple reason: the ‘Fluid Display’ that sets the refresh rate to 120Hz. Not only does it make the game look better, but simply scrolling the web looks smoother. You’ll also find nice upscaling and HDR10+ here, though false touches along the screen edges did give us trouble at times.
Battery life: If you need your phone battery to last all day long, the OnePlus 8 Pro achieves that, according to our tests. Its 4,510 battery capacity isn’t the biggest next to what Samsung’s phones are touting, but when setting the resolution to Full HD+, we did get by on a single charge very easily. We also took advantage of OnePlus (finally) adding wireless charging – in fact, it’s the fastest wirelessly charging device we’ve ever tested.
Camera: OnePlus has always lagged behind when it came to its cameras, though the OnePlus 8 Pro closes the gap. Its quad-lens array on the back of the phone allows for fine 48MP photos and a 3x optical zoom along with 30x digital zoom. We can’t call it the best camera phone on the market, but it’s among the best cameras on an Android in this price range.
Mini verdict: It’s amazing that with Apple and Samsung’s top phones out of the way, we have the at-one-time-little-known OnePlus doing so well that it’s claimed a spot within the top 5 phones of 2020. While this version is more expensive than prior OnePlus phones, it doesn’t cut corners. You’re getting 5G, a 120Hz screen refresh rate, a great camera with 3x optical zoom, and super-fast wireless charging. It’s a bit tall and only comes in one size (with the smaller OnePlus 8 a very different experience), and, to be expected, the camera is good but not good enough to rival the phones ranked ahead of it.
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